The government in Kiev has denounced the plebiscite as a “criminal farce.”
And yet her call for a plebiscite smacks as much of political despair than a statesman's conviction.
Cavour appealed to the doctrine of the popular will to be expressed by a plebiscite.
The formality of a plebiscite was accomplished by November 21.
Sure enough, there came the émeute of the plebiscite, as he had predicted, but it was suppressed.
Let the emeute be within, say a week, after the vote of the plebiscite is taken.
The plebiscite of blood is the most sincere evidence of the will to self-determination.
Aristocracy was in his blood, and he would not stoop to conquer by a plebiscite.
It will appoint three of the five members of the Saar commission, oversee its regime, and carry out the plebiscite.
At the plebiscite there were 133,681 votes for union and 1507 against it.
"direct vote of the people," 1860 (originally in reference to Italian unification), from French plébiscite (1776 in modern sense, originally with reference to Switzerland), from Latin plebiscitum "a decree or resolution of the people," from plebs (genitive plebis) "the common people" (see plebeian (adj.)) + scitum "decree," noun use of neuter past participle of sciscere "to assent, vote for, approve," inchoative of scire "to know" (see science). Used earlier (1530s) in a purely Roman historical context. Related: Plebiscitary.
A vote of an entire nation or other large political unit on an issue of great importance. A plebiscite is not an election, for there are no candidates. Rather, people vote yes or no on a proposition.